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Ride-On, 1-Row Corn Planter
Last spring 9-year-old Luke Auer of Broadview, Mont., decided to make a little money by raising sweet corn.
  To make planting easier, he and his dad, Mitch, and grandfather Les rigged up a 3-pt. mounted, 1-row, ride-on corn planter using parts they salvaged from an old Deere 7100 corn planter. They pulled it behind their New Holland 100 hp. loader tractor.
  They removed one of the row units from the planter and stripped away the metering drive and seed box, leaving the disc openers, gauge wheels and closing wheels intact. Then they used box tubing to build a 3-pt. mounting bracket and welded it to the front end of the row unit. They mounted a seat and seat belt off a utility tractor in place of the seed box, and installed a funnel attached to a seed tube in front of the seat and just above the disc openers.
  “It was a fun project,” says Mitch. “We built it because we farm only with big equipment and don’t own a corn planter any more. Luke used the unit to plant several batches of sweet corn over a 3 to 4-week period. He planted 200 to 400 seeds each time and dropped 50 seeds per row.
  “We counted out the seeds before we went to the field and put them in a bowl. In the field, Luke picked up one seed at a time and dropped it into the funnel. We live in a dry climate so we tried to space the seeds about 18 in. apart in the row.”
  Mitch says Luke plans to sell his home-grown sweet corn to neighbors and also on Facebook.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mitch Auer, 9798 Birkley Rd., Broadview, Mont. 59015 (ph 406 667-2165; Mitchauer46@gmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4